January 5th, 2008
05:39 PM ET
12 years ago

Giuliani talks technology, rides a Segway

Giuliani campaigned in New Hampshire Saturday.

Giuliani campaigned in New Hampshire Saturday.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) –­ Making a grand entrance on a Segway Saturday morning, Rudy Giuliani recognized a group of competing young robot enthusiasts and said the nation should invest more in science and engineering.

"This is like an athletic event. This is a real hard-nosed competition about science and robotics. You're the best," the former New York Mayor told the group competing in a robotics tournament. "This is exactly what this country needs. This country needs competition it needs a lot more emphasis on science, a lot more emphasis on engineering."

Giuliani later discussed the larger role of science and technology in the global economy. He expressed concern over the decreasing number of American engineers compared to India and China.

"We're going to find ourselves at a global disadvantage - it would be a shame for America to lose its edge here."

He noted that a commitment to science would serve a dual purpose, first "an answer to the balance of payments in international trade," and second would help the developing world bring itself out of poverty.

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: New Hampshire • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Anne - Detroit MI

    we are ALREADY at a global disadvantage because our school standards aren't as high as in foreign countries. why do our students need all this time off? They should be working back at school already to GAIN that advantage.

    January 5, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  2. Jon, Charlotte NC

    he looks like a clown on that thing

    January 5, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. cbday

    As good a shot as Dukakis riding the tank.
    Way to go Rudi! Did you ask if they have one that will accommodate your latest wife and you together, especially if you have to take a cell phone call.

    January 5, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    _Any_ of these candidates on a Segway is a Mike Dukakis Moment. Bad press advice.

    January 5, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Mike

    Rudy, you idiot. Corporate America has offshored the engineering jobs to low cost of living countries (like India and China) because they can pay 1/3 of what an engineer would need for a middle class life style in the States. I suppose your answer is to hope that the corporations will see the light and bring back the jobs....maybe if you throw in a 'pretty please'. Right....have some balls and propose a solution...like tax breaks for corporations that hire in the States...or better yet, higher taxes on corporations that offshore jobs and then relie on our tax dollars to protect thier assets overseas.

    January 5, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |


    January 5, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |


    January 5, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  8. ROZm

    let's study the reason for the decrease in american engineers, mr. giuliani.
    in fact, it is because 1] so many multinational corporations, some of whom you represent and ply for, have sent their best jobs out of the united states; 2] when filling engineering and other jobs, many of those multinationals still having r&d or even manufacturing sites in the united states look to hire from aboard on HB-1 or HB-6 visas because foreign workers, even if superbly educated, will work even in the united states for far less than american-trained people, and 3] since so many of those jobs go to foreign-born either in other countries or imported, what's the point of an american to even get those degrees.
    mr. giuliani, it's your friends, your business partners at the corporate level who in large part have destroyed first the manufacturing base of this country and who are now ripping apart the intellectual sector of this nation as it applies to commerce.
    so get real, mr. giuliani, and try your double-speak some place else.

    January 5, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. Martin

    Any thing for Attention

    Rudy wants his third lady to be the first lady.

    Rudy and Hillary would make a good couple perfect for each other.

    January 5, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  10. From The North

    I beg to differ with Rudy. His Nation should invest more in helping it's people, especially it's Military, Hurricane Victims, Fire Victims, the Elderly and Sick, provide and provide affordable Health Care for all Instead of dumping billions to Pakistan, Iraq, et al look after your own people first. You don't need to invest in Science to figure that out! Elementary students know this is fact.

    Your country doesn't need competition Rudy, it needs compassion and lots of it.
    And a President who can make peace not war internationally and who puts his people vs his wishes first.

    And sorry to have to break the news to ya but America is already at a Global Disadvantage due to Bush. The disadvantage being the huge disdain the world
    has for America...

    January 5, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  11. Mel

    Remember Dukakis in 1988...Lookout

    January 5, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  12. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    my god the republican candidates are like zoo animals on drugs. bush on steroids–voting for one of them is giving bush a third term. 4 more years in this direction?

    January 5, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. Ron Nebraska

    Hey, wait a minute! I thought Republicans didn't believe in science.

    January 5, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. Terry, El Paso, TX

    And what does Giuliani propose? What kind of changes to the American higher education system does he envision that will result in stronger science programs that are accessible to more American students? Any comments about high tuition? American students are graduating with 50,000-75,000 debts IF they can get student loans. And tuition is not going down. When he was mayor, what changes did he propose for NY city schools?

    Republicans are all bark and no bite. They get us all worked up about problems, but they never attempt to solve them – except to allow the "free" market to work its magic and make America a paradise, which never seems to happen somehow.

    How long will middle class voters keep voting for people whose policies will make them poorer and more insecure?

    January 6, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. Tim, Minnesota

    Rudy is not the man to be in charge of a nuclear weapon!!!

    January 6, 2008 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  16. Harold Bishop, NH

    Is this the Republican "attack machine" Hillary is always harping on about?


    January 6, 2008 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  17. sal lincoln nebraska

    Giuliani is the only person to talk about these things...Finally a candiate who sees what the future is all about....To get rid of the mexicans you have to have robots to replace them, any job a robot can do should do....They dont call in sick, they dont take vacation, they work 24 hours insted of 8 and they dont get vindictive and poison the product...With robots doing all of the manual labor work, there will be more good to consume....A poor welfare consumer state wont due...Pay every unemployed person, person who lost their job...30,000 a year so they can buy all those new products....Giuliani sees the big picture, im glad someone supports these ideas its about time

    January 6, 2008 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  18. Roy

    Don't fall and make your face flatter and let all the fibs come out!!!!.

    January 6, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  19. Mike from K.C.

    Everyboy is making a mistake in letting Giuliani get so far behind in the polls. He's the first president to make sense, since Kennedy. Just because the current Rep. Prez. is a moron and ruined things, does not mean the next one will.

    January 6, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Had to prove he could do it without falling off.

    January 6, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  21. jimmy, Iowa

    My teen ager just told me it was ok to smoke pot and snort crank because Obama did. Obama YOU BETTER EXPLAIN TO MY CHILD NOW> I WILL HOLD YOU RESPOINSEABLE> YES I AM ANGRY

    Edwards 2008

    January 6, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Mario

    He looks like a natural at this riding thing, he's old enough to use it, to bad it won't help him to the whitehouse.

    Go Mitt!

    January 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  23. Bill, Albany, NY

    Careful there Rudy when you praise science and techonology you make the religious right mad. Remember Rudy the Republican base the religious right thinks science and techonolgy is evil and goddless.

    January 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. Andy

    It appears Giuliani will do anything to put a spark back in his campaign.

    I think the public has begun to realize that the Republican ticket does not need another neocon totalitarian.

    January 6, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Anthony

    The trouble with Gulliani is that he is snob!

    January 6, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
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